Tips for Hosting Beatboxing Events

I have been an event host on DUBCORD for about week now and I’ve run a few beatboxing events like open mics and 7 To Smokes in the past. Using this experience, I would like to share with you, my tips to hosting events and how I make them fun and efficient.

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Source: http://www.whatsonbyron.com/event/open-mic-28/

TIP 1:

Signups. Have a plan and a way to sign up for any event. I typically like to do it through Discord and people ping me for them to sign up but other unconventional methods such as Google Forms can be used as long as everyone sees it.

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Source: https://caretocreate.com/tag/sign-ups/

TIP 2:

Have a stopwatch. A stopwatch is almost mandatory for most events excluding open mics. A phone stopwatch works just as fine. As long as you have something that can show the time very precisely, you should be fine.

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Source: http://stopwatch.onlineclock.net/

TIP 3:

Make the rules clear. Make sure you state the rules to people who don’t know them already. Nobody wants to see someone sitting out just because they didn’t know the rules so make sure everyone knows the rules so that none of the rules are broken and that more people can participate and be happy.

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Source: https://www.percona.com/blog/2017/04/10/proxysql-rules-do-i-have-too-many/

TIP 4:

Show some personality. Be supportive of who’s participating whether it’s a first-timer wanting to get a new experience or a seasoned veteran. Whatever the case is, make everyone feel happy. Encourage them to try even harder the next time you host.

TIP 5:

In order to bring more people to your events, don’t host daily but don’t host once a month. People will get tired from all the pings that you use and will hate you for that. That got me demoted in another server that wasn’t for beatboxing. Some person got really annoyed and got me demoted (I still hate him to this day). You really have to find a sweet spot on how often you host. Once every 2 weeks sounds reasonable but then again, there are some people who get annoyed from 2 pings in 1 day (referring to the kid who got me demoted).

TIP 6:

Alert people that you’re hosting. This is what pinging is for. You ping them so they see the notification and they want to join so they join. It’s that simple. This is also a good time for tip 7.

TIP 7:

Add your own twist to your events. One rule that I’ve always wanted to try out but never tried yet is the ability for the first place person out of eliminations to make the bracket instead of the traditional 1-8, 4-5, 3-6, 2-7. Let them know during tip 6 that you’re adding this twist and if a lot of people don’t want it, don’t use it. If any people ask if they can spectate, give them an answer. Don’t leave them hanging cause that’s not nice.

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Source: http://gmydrunks.com/2016/03/29/32816-bracket/

Those are all my tips for this post. The more experience I get, the more I will share with all of you. Other than that, thank you for reading and best of luck to all of you hosting.

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Why Jigsaw is One of the Best Beatboxing Routines

In 2015, Gene Shinozaki secured his place in the Grand Beatbox Battle 2015 with his wildcard routine called Jigsaw. This not only secured his place in the tournament but he won the whole thing. It’s regarded as one of the best routines to date and many people who I show it to say it’s the best routine they have heard. But why is it so popular not only among beatboxers but also people who don’t beatbox?

Before I start the breakdown of this monster of a routine, we need to understand the structure of a routine.

The parts go in this very rough order:

Buildup: sets the mood for the routine

Verse: acts like a verse in a song where it’s a melody that people remember

Pre-drop: prepares audience for the drop incoming

Drop: an area of the routine that gets people on their feet with something such as a signature sound

Hook: another area similar to the drop but the part is changed up with things like better technicality or musicality

End-off: how the routine ends off

The first part is the buildup. Gene uses a synth sound combined with his humming to set the tone. This is really musical and sets the tone for a good music filled routine. People who are not into beatboxing like this more than something like lip rolls or inward bass because it’s more relatable and likeable for them than the sounds that beatboxers use.

The second part is the verse. Gene likes to use a lot of composer elements in his routines and he shows it off here with his insane musicality during the verse. He also likes to sing in his routines which are nothing new but the lyrics mean a lot and for non-beatboxers, this really catches on for them. The lyrics make a lot of sense. Gene is a jigsaw puzzle piece trying to fit into the puzzle or like a person trying to fit into the world.

The third part is the pre-drop. It’s the area before the drop and lets the audience know that the drop is coming. People like to use lyrics sometimes with some sort of drop joke such as, “drop it” or something like that but Gene, once again, does something different and uses a good buildup through his sounds and musicality. You start to see a trend with the amount of musicality that he uses in this routine which makes it enjoyable to listen to.

The fourth part is the drop, the most memorable part of any routine. Gene is referred to as “The Godfather of Clicks” and it’s easy to see why. This click drop is done of the best drops I have heard combined with the cough snares in between the clicks every third beat. This drop is compared to EDM songs such as Animals by Martin Garrix due to the clicks (Gene has done a cover of Animals as well). The drop is really well executed and sounds really good as well.

The fifth part is the hook. It ties back to the drop and this time, he adds a bunch of pops with the clicks. It sounds really technical. He has the musicality and the technicality to blow anyone away as long as they aren’t a hater of his or a hater of beatboxing. The technicality he adds showcases every part of a good routine but it needs to end well. That’s where the end-off comes in.

And we reach the end-off as the last part. The end-off is a tad bit rough but people don’t really notice it. The end-off touches back on the verse with the same humming he uses in the buildup without the synth. The end-off ties the whole routine together.

Gene does an exceptional job of showcasing all the elements of a good routine. He has structure, flow, musicality, technicality and originality. It’s no wonder why he won the whole tournament. With a great performance like this, who knows what the next great routine will be.

This has been my breakdown of Jigsaw by Gene Shinozaki. Other than that, thank you for reading.

My Predictions For The GNB 2017

With GNB 2017 Submissions already in, I wanted to try to and make predictions for the solo submissions on who might place on top and who is left at the bottom. I listened to the auditions from top to bottom from the playlist so there may a bit of bias. From top to bottom, these are my predictions from best to worst in my opinion. At the end, I will make a prediction on who I will win the whole thing.

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Source: https://www.humanbeatbox.com/events/2017-great-north-battle-north-america/

Beaty

Bass

Sparx

BBK

Ownerbeatz

PZ

Insane

Beatspawn

Moirai

Rubik

Ish

Karloz

Dalax

Panke

UnStyLD

Ginger Beats

Spectrax

T Sweigs

Veko

Cream

K XzBeat

Flosz

Dion

Versuker

BaileyBox

Improper

Fury

Jordan Nyce

AJay

Tanner

BeeLee

DB Beats

Now it’s time for my prediction. I think that the winner of the solos for GNB 2017 is going to be Bass. He’s a young gun that has way farther to go. He lacks a lot of musicality but the technicality is all there. I believe he is the next Alem. You can hear parts of Alem’s beats in Bass’ beats and that’s why I think he will win GNB 2017.

My personal favourite beatboxer out of those listed is Beatspawn. He’s really unique in the sounds that he uses. He used the crab scratch in his audition which is surprising since it’s a sound way past its time. He lacks flow in some parts of his audition but his uniqueness makes up for it. I don’t think he’ll win but I think he’ll make a good run at GNB.

I only evaluated the auditions that were in that playlist which the link to is down below.

Link to playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3Lnu9-Ubs3Srqla9FEbgk9ifAfusu3jG

Once the brackets get made, I’ll make an updated post off of this one on who I think will win, top 4 for solos, winner for teams and winner for loop-station.

Other than that, thank you for reading.

How I Judge a Beatbox Battle

Many different people who are judging a beatbox battle have many different things that they judge. Sometimes, it’s way too much so in this blog, I would like to tell you about how I judge a battle.

My first criteria for a battle is a solid flow. A solid flow is just a beatboxer staying in tempo and following the beat. For the most part, beatboxing is done in 4/4 time in music so the beat is 1, 2, 3, 4. If they can put something on the on-beat aka one of the numbers at a certain tempo like 120, then they have a solid flow. This is one of the most basic things that beatboxers should be able to nail down since they basically become a metronome.

My second criteria is a variation of sounds. Confession. I have a very small sound pool. I’m trying to improve it but I have a really small sound pool. If you have a lot of sounds in your arsenal, you can last a battle and make a routine. Having a variation of sounds used in a battle is important because it keeps people interested. They like variation so having different types of sounds like bass and snares offer a good performance.

My third criteria are their specialty. There are several kinds of beatboxers out there and this is dependent on their style. I’ll name a few styles and beatboxers that come to mind with those styles.

Musicality: krNfx

Technicality: Alem

Bass heavy: MTS

Uniqueness: D-Low

Clean beats: Ball-Zee

Masters of a certain sound: NaPoM

It’s not about what style that is chosen but rather, how they execute the style. I personally try to have a bit of all the styles listed above to add some uniqueness to my own style.

My last piece of criteria is how enjoyable it was to listen to. If it’s not nice to listen to, it gets a bad mark. It’s mainly about how others like the performance. There’s a reason that bigger beatboxers on YouTube don’t use more complex sounds. It’s because the general public doesn’t like it. Other beatboxers do but not everyone is a beatboxer so using easier and more identifiable sounds.

And that is how I judge a battle. Flow, variation, style/execution and enjoyability. This may or may not set a guideline for newer judgers but this just how I judge and in no way is the way everyone has.

Other than that, thank you for reading.